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Milk: The Perfect Food

We all know that milk does the body good, but are your kids getting as much as they should? With a slew of nutritious elements, such as Calcium, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamins A, D and B12, along with a host of other good-for-you nutrients, milk is a great way to help your kids grow strong bones, maintain their immune systems and convert food to energy.

Despite all the great things it has proven to do for our bodies, many kids simply refuse to drink milk. To help out, we’ve come up with some fun and easy ways to encourage your kids to drink more milk!

  • Make flavored milk! Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, make the healthy drink more fun.
  • Warm up some milk and add a little honey and cinnamon to make a toasty before-bedtime drink.
  •  Smoothies! Blend up some fresh fruit and milk to make a great tasting and, of course, great-for-you treat.
  • Freeze milk and your favorite fruit to make healthy popsicles. You can even use different variations of milk like soy and almond!

Click here for more information on the benefits on milk, and let us know about your successes with serving your kids more milk on our Facebook page.

 

Happy New Year from Handstand Kids

With the New Year quickly approaching, it’s time to look back at 2012, pick out and savor precious family memories and promise yourself to be better in the new year.  This is how we grow as people.

Instead of the old stand-by resolutions we often make, such as to lose weight or save money, we look at the travesty that happened earlier this month in Connecticut and challenge all of the parents out there to make this year’s resolutions about the thing that matters most – our families.

Here are some ideas for New Years resolutions that we promise will bring your family closer!

-        Resolve to have “dates” with the kids: Kids and adults crave one-on-one time, but the hustle and bustle of everyday life often gets in the way, plus kids usually have to share the spotlight with siblings. Set aside time for each child to have “dates with mommy” or “dates with daddy.” You can get manicures or even wake up before everyone else in the house for a secret, private breakfast on the porch; just spend time with each child individually and give them your undivided attention.

-        Resolve to have a regular family game night: Whether it’s once a week or once every other month, make the effort to turn off all the electronics and gadgets, and play Monopoly, Scrabble or your family’s favorite old-school board game. The friendly competition is a wonderful opportunity for bonding as a family.

-        Resolve to eat dinner as a family: Instead of grabbing something quick and rushing off to each child’s various activities, put the extra effort into gathering the entire family around the kitchen table for dinner for at least 30 minutes once a week with no TV. It is a great opportunity to hear about everyone’s day and have meaningful conversations with your kids.

-        Resolve to say “yes” more: We certainly don’t mean to imply that you should spoil your kids rotten, but there is something to be said for picking your battles and indulging your kids’ simple wishes occasionally. It’s tempting to say no when we’re busy, have had long days, or are ready to climb into bed. But promise yourself you’ll say yes to the little things more often, and the payoff will be huge. Say “yes” to making cookies on Saturday. Say “yes” to the third bedtime story even though it’s too late. The quality time with your kids and the genuine happiness the “yes” elicits will be well worth it.

Please share your families’ New Years resolutions with us via Facebook or Twitter. Happy New Year from our Handstand Kids family to yours! We hope 2013 fills your home with much love and laughter.

Celebrate National Pizza Month

The month of October is National Pizza Month!! Pizza doesn’t always have to be unhealthy, take a look at this awesome recipe from our Italian Handstand Kids Cookbook!

To make National Pizza Month extra fun, let your kids’ creativity roam free when arranging and decorating your pizzas! Let us know what fun you have with pizza this month via Facebook or Twitter!

Kids on the Run

According to this article from US News and World Report, if a child shows an interest in running it is important as a parent to encourage them to partake in this activity. Running is a great inexpensive way to help keep kids fit and in shape. Take a look at these tips to help your little runner from the American Council on Exercise:

Let us know how you help out your little runner via Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Picky Eater Tips

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you will be presented with a pint-sized picky eater. Since it is imperative to get kids to develop healthy eating habits, try some of these tips adapted from VegKitchen.com.
  • Let them get their feet wet with new foods – by introducing them surrounded by old favorites.
  • Introduce new foods slowly – because children can sometimes get overwhelmed by large quantities of food. They may feel more successful if they can finish a small quantity of food provided, so keep portions small.
  • Avoid food rewards – as punishment and enticement will confuse the fact that you can establish and enforce rules.
  • Let your kids cook with you! – Handstand Kids are less picky because they get to help plan meals! The below recipe for Shredded Chicken Tostadas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook is a favorite recipe of all kids – and parents will love the additions of lettuce, tomatoes and beans!

Do you have tips for feeding tricky tots? Send them our way via Facebook and Twitter!

Veggie Dips!

One thing that Handstand Kids and Handstand Parents can all agree on is the fact that anything that helps us eat raw veggies is awesome! In light of that fact, we’ve done a round up of some of our favorite dips that make eating veggies fun and tasty! See below for three sure fire crowd pleasers!

Kuki’s Cookbook has a dreamy, creamy veggie dip with only 5 ingredients!

This bright green Veggie Dip is made with broccoli, kale and basil and can be left as is or baked for even more deliciousness!

This White Bean Veggie Dip uses yummy Greek yogurt!

What is your favorite dip? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook or Twitter.

Kebabs for Kids

The word Kebab generally refers to meat served on a skewer cooked over or next to flames. Not only are these skewers a snap to make but they’re extremely easy for even the youngest chefs to help put together – just make sure to watch out for those sharp points! Even though Handstand Kids love meaty recipes, we love making new twists, so we’ve provided our favorite kebabs made from meat, veggies and fruits!

You can’t go wrong with these traditional Beef Kebabs from SimplyRecipes.com!

These Veggie Kebabs from RecipeShack.com can be eaten as a side or a complete meal!

These Fresh Fruit Kebabs from AllRecipesIn.com will bring vibrant color to your table scape!

If you’re kebab-ing it up, make sure to share what you’ve made on our Facebook and Twitter.

Let Us Celebrate Lettuce!

If you’re looking for something crisp and refreshing to keep those kiddos in shape, try some delicious lettuce. In case you need a refresher on some of the most popular varieties, read below for a quick lesson!

Romaine (center) - grows with a tall head of sturdy leaves with a firm rib down the center, has a fine bitter herb taste

Iceberg (upper right) – has a dense head, and is pale white in its center, Iceberg is the most popular type of lettuce in the US

Lollo Rosso (lower right) -fringed, crinkled leaves tinged deep red at the ends with a tender yet crisp texture

Butterhead (lower left) – also known as Boston or Bibb, this type of head lettuce has a loose arrangement of leaves, with a sweet flavor and tender texture

Gem (upper left) – crisp like Romaine and sweet like Butterhead with a crunchy central stalk and thin, crisp leaves

If you have a favorite lettuce recipe, make sure to post it to our Facebook or Twitter!

Keeping Kids Healthy

Your kids are done with school for a few months but don’t let them sit in front of the TV all day! Handstand Kids love to cook of course, but they also exercise to make sure that they’re healthy and fit! Try some of these ideas to get off the couch and outdoors this summer!

  • Playing tag
  • Playing Hide-n-go-seek
  • Slip-n-slide (yes, the running around gets your heart going!)
  • Go swimming
  • Ride your bike, scooter or skateboard
  • Playing any sport – soccer, basketball, baseball, field hockey

If you’re getting up to exercise, make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water! Also make sure to post pics of your active summer fun to our Facebook and Twitter pages!